Fun Suggestions for Building Literacy Skills!
If you need to share comic videos directly with students you can use these safe video links to do so:
First Grade: Young readers benefit from working on reading inflection. Reading with feeling increases comprehension and it's FUN! Equip your students with copies of the comic and have them highlight and color code ending punctuation (e.g., all periods yellow and all question marks orange). Then challenge them to read just a single sentence with feeling to a partner. Their partner should close their eyes and listen. At the end of the sentence the listener must try to identify the punctuation of the sentence they just heard!
Second Grade: Print the comic in little book form for this activity. We've included more challenging words in the text boxes this week. Have students mark the ones they find tricky, then write those on the back cover to create a mini glossary! They can add definitions after they consult with friends or other resources to determine the meaning.
short vowels; pop, zop, zup, gulp, pip, sniff, gag
oddballs: boing, arf
What's left? "Woof" where does your class think it belongs? Why? You can build on the vowel work last week! You can take this further and sort the short vowel words by sounds too. Sorting and classifying helps children internalize language patterns and helps them be better readers AND spellers!
First and Second Grades: As they year progresses, we've increased the reading challenges in the comic. Many of the tricky words will be familiar by the end of the mission but may seem a bit daunting now. Empower your readers by taking a moment to go on a big word hunt. Arm your eager word hunters with highlighters and set them loose! You call out a big word such as "herbivore" and challenge students to find it in the comic. You can narrow the hunt by working with a single frame or increase the challenge by expanding to a full row or even the whole comic. Continue with more words before reading the comic. By previewing some of the tricky words, your students can have more confidence as they read the latest episode!
First and Second Grades: Choral reading opportunities support a wide range of readers at once! Divide your class into thirds for this fun reading activity. Project the comic and have one third of the class read Data Dog's speech and thought bubbles, one third read Curiosity Cat's lines, and the third group read the text boxes. You can go one step further and have a captain for each team point to the text to be read. Challenge teams to read with expression! Now, find someone to listen to the class read the comic. Why not invite the principal in to enjoy the performance? :-)
First and Second Grades: Older students can work on predicting and inferencing too. Try the strategies above, but have students read each pane and then predict what happens next. Challenge students to write and illustrate what they envision happening in week five! Be sure to share what your students create on our publish page. We love to see what you are doing!
Then just follow this procedure:
First and Second Grades: This is a teaching and tech tip all in one! You can use most word processing or presentation applications (Pages, Word, Keynote, PowerPoint, etc.) to help you play a mystery word game. Here's how:
Where do students think Curiosity Cat and Data Dog will go next year? We'd love to hear those predictions so please post them on our Publish It! page!
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